The Eyes Have It

Photo: Steve McMurry

When was the last time you discovered something? The last time you came across something new and different and unheard of? Can’t think of a recent memory? Can’t even think of a memory at all? If so, odds are you’re thinking about it wrongly.

Discovery is about much more than “keeping your eyes open” or “putting the effort in.” Those are both important factors, of course, but they are not all that makes up discovery. To discover, one must be willing to see the chance for discovery in life. One must approach the world not just with open eyes, but eyes that are made new in each seeing, eyes that can see the wonder and the beauty in everything and get the signal to the brain that “…there are more things in heaven and earth… than dreamt of in your philosophy.”

Because if you don’t, how are you going to develop that new philosophy that you just know you have in there?

Originally posted: 4/30/10

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2 Responses to “The Eyes Have It”

  1. Thanks for the reminder – all too often I approach things with preconceived ideas or expectations – which actually can limit my experience. Approaching things with my ‘eyes open’ actually means, as you say, approaching things with new ‘untainted’ eyes each time.

    Love that picture too – it’s one of my faves.

  2. michael says:

    I often find that when I revisit a familiar place I end up jumping to conclusions due to familiarity. I guess you have to view familiar situations with fresh eyes every time.

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